Understanding the work of the board

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As a board, your work spans seven critical areas, representing the areas you’ll spend most of your time and energy focused on. Don’t forget NZSTA is here to help if you need it at any time.

Your responsibilities as a board

It's important to know that all board policies must be consistent with government legislation and regulations, the charter of the school and any relevant employment agreements. It's a good idea to develop policies that focus on what you want to achieve in each work area and the outcomes you expect to see from the work over time.

What you need to know about the work of the board

Your board may decide that to help it carry out its work efficiently, a committee is required. For example, many boards have personel and student behaviour management committees. These committees would be permanent or 'standing committees'. 

Your board might also need to form a committee to work on a particular issue, such as, a building project.

When setting up a committee, the board's resolution should specify who is on the committee and what it is empowered to do. You can find more information on the delegations and trustee eligibility page. 


Why the seven key work areas are important

These seven critical areas reflect the board’s governance role and the fact that boards of trustees are ultimately responsible and accountable for your school’s direction setting and performance. But remember there’s plenty of advice and information available if you need it.


What the seven key work areas are

Your seven key work areas include:

  1. Development and ongoing review of the school charter
  2. Monitoring and reviewing your school’s progress
  3. Putting in place a policy framework
  4. Employing the principal
  5. Managing assets
  6. Ensuring your school’s legal compliance
  7. Implementing the National Education Guidelines


How to work efficiently as a board

To work efficiently and effectively, every board needs to put in place the policies and processes it needs to carry out each area of work. Your policies should act as your board’s guiding principles, its statements of intent and the rules and boundaries that provide direction for the board and principal to work within. Need to know more? Check out NZSTA's professional development modules on governance essentials and the board’s policy framework.

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